Alfa Romeo’s 1968 Carabo Concept Is Magnificent Even By Today’s Standards

Classic car lovers are expected at the Chateau de Chantilly, 50 km (30 miles) from Paris, France, on June 30, for the 2019th edition of the local Concours d’Elegance. The event will see a number of old timers on display, and one of the most impressive among them will be the Carabo Concept.

Made in 1968 using the roots of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, a ‘road-legal’ version of the 33/2 that came out in 18 units only, it was designed by Marcello Gandini and features a breathtaking design. The sharp yet clean lines flow across the body and see a flat nose, with pop-out headlights, and a muscular rear end.

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Finished in iridescent green and adorned with florescent orange and grey highlights, the Carabo Concept sports scissor doors that provide access to the cabin, which continues the edgy styling of the exterior.

Placed in the middle of the car is a 2.0-liter V8; and while the capacity is small, its race-bred heritage allowed it to be revved to a whopping 10,000 rpm. Channeling its 230 HP to the rear wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox, which alloes the 33 Stradale-based study to hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.5 seconds and top out at 160 mph (258 km/h).

Originally launched at the 1968 Paris Auto Show, the Carabo is currently owned by FCA Heritage. It’s usually on display at the ‘Museo Storico Alfa Romeo – La macchina del tempo’, in Arese, Italy, so this will be a great opportunity to check out in person under natural light.

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  • stelvio

    what is this car’s relationship with the american vector?

    • europeon

      There is none.

    • Karl

      I was wondering the same,now I know where Vector got its design inspiration..

      • Six_Tymes

        yep, and now you know where Lamborghini got “inspiration” from also.

        • europeon

          Huh? “Inspiration”?
          Early Lamborghinis were designed by the same man – Marcello Gandini – that designed this car.

          • stelvio

            If Jerry Wiegert did not collaborate with Bertone then there definitely is some form of intellectual property theft involved here

    • maxnix

      None except inspiration.

  • Bash

    Yeah, kind reminds me of Lamborghini too.

    • McFly

      Yes, Gandini usually don’t just let his designs go until they are in production. You could say that we saw the production version of this in the Countach.


    • maxnix

      Most needed feature. Interior and engine compartment should not be neglected. Extra points if it is on a lift.

  • Ray Filetti

    One of the greatest concept cars.

  • JqC

    I remember seeing this when I was young(ER) and it just blew me away. Inspired the Countach, the Esprit, DeLorean, Vector, M1….. Beautiful.

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